Kai Strobel (*1992) is 1st place winner and recipient of the audience award at the 68th ARD Music Competition 2019.


As a soloist, he has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallés, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra, the Asko| Schönberg Orchestra Amsterdam, the Musicum Collegium Basel and the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, among others.



Since 2022 Kai Strobel has been appointed Professor at the Conservatorio della svizzera Italiana in Lugano and is International Visiting Professor at the RNCM Manchester.

As a lecturer, Kai holds regular Masterclasses at places such as the Eastman School of Music (Rochester), University für Music und Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Leipzig), Mt San Antonio College (Los Angeles), Leeds Conservatoire (Leeds) Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (Budapest) and the Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito (Parma).


He is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the German Music Competition, and an honoree of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.


Being endorsed by companies such as ADAMS Musical Instruments, Zultan Cymbals, and Meinl Percussion, Kai continuously searches for further innovations in percussion instruments, new sounds, and their possibilities.

In his new CD release Neotango Episodes, Kai places his instrument in an innovative chamber music combination with percussion, bandoneon and piano.


Seeing explicit potential for percussion instruments in the rhythmic structure and vivid characters of the Tango Nuevo, Kai founded a creative continuation of the Genre while valuing the music’s rules and norms.